TCA Creative Arts
Trinity Christian Academy provides numerous opportunities for students in grades Pre-K through 12 to participate in our Creative Arts programs. We understand the importance of artistic expression and desire that TCA students learn to do so in a manner which honors God. All forms of art and artistic talents exist as worship to God, and all of our gifts and abilities are given by God. Each of us is accountable to use these gifts in order to bring honor and glory to Him.
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Creative Arts Opportunities
A twice-weekly course that showcases several different mediums and introduces the students to Art History. Pre-K is offered once a week for 30 minutes.
A twice-weekly course for Kindergarten through 5th grade, that allows students to perform through voice and instrument. Pre-K participates once a week for 30 minutes. Students are introduced to music history and cultures, as well as elements of music and music theory. Music class is taught in a variety of fun, interactive ways and gets the kids moving while learning the basics of music. Four performances highlight each grade level:
- Pre-K Christmas Performance
- Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Easter Musical
- 3rd through 5th Grade Christmas Musical
- 5th grade Black light End of Year showcase
6th Grade Art: A semester-long introductory course that explores the Elements of Art through drawing, painting, sculpting and Art History.
7th and 8th Grade Art: Year-long courses that allow students to develop their skills in art. Students will create a variety of artworks and explore different artists and their contributions to the art community.
Art I: A year long course that teaches students the different processes used to create art. Students will combine the art process with creativity to make one of a kind works of art. Students will also explore Art History and discover the role art has had throughout history. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
Advanced Art: A year long course for students who have taken Art I and want to continue to work on their own creative process. Students will build a portfolio with a centralized theme of their choosing using a variety of mediums. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
Photography: A year long course that teaches students how to use photography as a fine arts medium. Students gain a better understanding of how to use a DSLR camera, manual settings, and lighting to create stunning images with a creative theme. Students will build a portfolio with a variety of subject matter and themes throughout the school year. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
A class where students prepare to lead the secondary campus in weekly praise and worship during chapel. This class requires students to audition in the spring for the upcoming school year. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
The course in Creative Writing leads students through writing in several different styles and genres and has students participate with others in reviewing and critiquing work done in class. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
This class is made up of the members of the TCA Drumline, which performs at TCA athletic events and pep rallies, the TCA homecoming parade, and community events sponsored by TCA. Through preparation, discipline, and performance, this class helps students recognize personal skill levels and work hard to achieve individual growth. Students perform in an ensemble that is more than a sum of its parts, reflecting Jesus’ calling for the body of Christ. This course counts towards the Fine Arts and Athletics requirements for graduation. The students perform in the TAPPS State Drumline Competition and the TAPPS State Solo and Ensemble Competition.
TAPPS State Drumline Competition Results:
2017: 4th Place, Division I Rating
2018: 4th Place, Division I Rating, Outstanding Cymbals
2020: Division I Rating
2021: 4th Place, Division I Rating
TAPPS State Solo and Ensemble Competition Results:
2019: Percussion Ensemble I, Division I Rating
Percussion Ensemble II, Division I Rating
2021: Percussion Ensemble I, Division I Rating
This class is a beginning drumming class that teaches students to read music, play rhythms, use proper technique, and perform on multiple percussion instruments. Those instruments include snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, marimba, and bells. The goal is for these students to be future members of the TCA Drumline and to create a lifelong passion of playing drums.
In this journalism based class, students work to capture the entire school year within a single book. Led by student editors, there are opportunities for photography, layout design, and writing. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
Theatre Arts should be understood and utilized as a means of individual growth for the student. Through the processes of theatrical art, which centers on collaborative communication with other members as a whole, the student learns to develop character, integrity, self-awareness, self-confidence, communication and problem solving skills. As students are introduced and trained in these processes, the end goal is that they discover their unique God-given talents and their responsibility to use them for His glory.
Middle School Theater: Grades 6-8. Middle school students are introduced to the basic fundamentals of theatre art which includes training in collaboration, communication, stage movement, voice, acting technique, improvisation, and basic theater vocabulary. Students will take part in viewing plays and musicals in class to gain appreciation for the creativity and collaboration of the production process.
High School Theatre: Grades 9-12. High school students build upon the basic fundamentals of Theatre Art. High school theatre class dives deeper into acting technique, character development, play analysis, critical thinking and problem solving skills. High school students perform short scenes, monologues, and improvisations in class to further develop collaboration and communication skills. Theatre students are trained to see that theatre art is a reflection of life and is the output of our God-wired desire to communicate and express ourselves. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
High School Theatre Tech Design: Grades 9-12. This class is designed for students in high school who are interested primarily in the production process, “behind the scenes” work of theatre. These students will directly participate in the production process of design, creation, and execution of the technical needs of the fall play and spring musical. This course counts towards the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
Fall Play: Generally performed in November of each school year. Auditions are typically open to all TCA secondary students, grades 6-12. Students do not have to be in a TCA theatre class to audition. Also, students who are enrolled in a TCA Theatre class are not required to audition.
Previous years’ plays include:
- 2021: Who Dun Stole the Bride?
- 2018: Dough
- 2017: Freddie Finkle’s Fabulous Frankfurters
- 2016: Fortress of Fandom
Spring Musical: Generally performed in March/April of each school year, auditions are typically open to all TCA secondary students, grades 6-12. Students do not have to be in a TCA theatre class to audition. Also, students who are enrolled in a TCA Theatre class are not required to audition.
Previous years’ musicals include:
- 2022: Lion King Jr.
- 2019: Aladdin Jr.
- 2018: Shrek Jr.
- 2017: Hello Dolly
- 2016: Mary Poppins
- 2015: Oklahoma
- 2014: Seussical
- 2013: The Wizard of Oz
- 2012: Sound of Music
- 2011: Narnia
- 2010: Beauty and the Beast
- 2009: Cheaper by the Dozen
- 2008: Annie